Quote from 3drinksI see you have Oblivion Stone. One other "fair" option that you can be political with is Plague Boiler. I've had good success with the Boiler in my own deck to good success.
Quote from StefanHow about replacing your nim deathmantle with a mimic vat You dont have that much creatures to recure and you are killing a lot.
Quote from ShabbamanYou should try Hermit Druid. It guarantees a land drop, and with Glissa you can draw the milled artifacts for maximum profit. Together with LftL you'll have a more than decent chance to have a land drop every turn. If you don't like Hermit Druid or are afraid it'll draw too much attention, you could do the same with dredge (but not nearly as effective). A deck like this is about steady card advantage.
You might want to bump the number of artifact creatures as well, as those can provide a steady stream of pressure. Wurmcoil Engine is good because it'll let you gain life and provides blockers after a sweep, Steel Hellkite is good because it can trigger Glissa. I like Duplicant because it can handle a lot of creatures. I like Hex Parasite because it can, well, prevent a lot of awkward situations (not to mention that it enables persist), but I think I like Sylvok Replica and Moriok Replica the most. These cards are inconspicuous and cheap. But if you're not running Executioner's Capsule because you're afraid you get piled on... you might want to stay away from those. Still, you need something to recur, and if it's not this goodness then perhaps try something like Memory Jar or Jester's Cap
A nice trick with artifact creatures is that you can fuel Survival of the Fittest with them (in the absence of Squee). I guess you don't have SotF or you'd run it. Tortured Existence is a card that does something similar, but it's a budget card. You can recur your non-artifact creatures with it, and when you return the artifact creatures you dumped in your yard with Glissa-triggers you'll gain massive card advantage. You could switch some of your targeted removal to Boneshredder and Shriekmaw to up your creature count. As a coincidence, both cards are great with Nim Deathmantle and can carry your pike.
About your mana base... well, your mana curve is low, but 36 lands is greedy. You're not running any mana ramp besides three rocks and Wayfarer's Bauble, although in your defense you are running quite some cantrips. The solution would be to run a little more mana ramp, something like Horizon Spellbomb (why aren't you running it anyway?), and if you're doing the Tortured Existence thing try Yavimaya Elder and Sakura-tribe Elder. Or you could just run two more lands. I don't think a land would be worse than your Mox Opal anyway (it's less likely to make you a target as well). If you're wondering what to cut... tutoring is nice, but EDH is about randomness. Do you really need all those tutors?
As a closing thought: do you feel your targeted removal is helping you more than some sweepers would? Powder Keg or Ratchet Bomb are pretty sweet, especially when there's a token deck around (read: always).
Quote from ShabbamanI can see how you can live with 36 lands, but since you were asking about your own mana base I figured you weren't happy with it. What works for me is to look at utility lands (Volrath's Stronghold for example) as another spell instead of a land, and don't count it towards your mana base. You won't be tapping it for mana most of the times anyway, so why not? Or count it as half a land. The best thing is to just play with the deck, if it works it works and if it doesn't...
If you don't like the sorcery speed of Boneshredder and Shriekmaw, try Winding Canyons. That card is worth running (even if you don't run those creatures). Shriekmaw is a really good card because it can double up as a finisher. But with Tortured Existence/SotF out you'd ideally want Big Game Hunter, that's instant speed removal. But it's no instant to recur with Toshi, I'll grant you that. By the way, I had a Toshi deck once (before they nerfed Brand), and I liked the interaction with Buyback. You could look at Slaughter. If you have a decent land recursion engine (Hermit/LftL ) then you might want to try Constant Mists. That will keep you in the game a bit longer. Or try Corpse Dance and Bottle Gnomes.
I wouldn't compare Volrath's Stronghold with Tortured Existence. Sure, it does recursion, but that's where the comparison ends. Tortured Existence gets you creatures in your yard (to dredge!), but it's also a card advantage engine. Besides that, all the gripes you have with SotF don't go for Tortured Existence. It's a fairly inconspicuous card that nobody objects to being on the table. But with Glissa you don't need another recursion engine, so I won't push you anymore If you want to rely on Volrath's Stronghold, perhaps Reap and Sow is the card you want. It can do double duty as mana ramp and spot removal. Again, no instant.
EDIT: I forgot about Solemn Simulacrum, why aren't you running him?
Quote from strawb3rrypanicI kinda understand what you are trying to to (not be hated) but this is edh and you can draw hate for the stupidest of reasons so I really don't think it's worth it to gimp yourself this much. I couldn't imagine not running things like Executioner's Capsule in my Glissa deck.
Anyway, overall 1 for 1 removal like Gopher the Throat while still useable are less worth it overall unless it's stuff like Plowshares or Path. one thing you should drop is single creature Edict effects like Geth's Verdict, absolutely can be useless at leas 90% of the time since most people have a used utility guy or a token they can sac to it.
Quote from ShabbamanAs a closing thought: do you feel your targeted removal is helping you more than some sweepers would? Powder Keg or Ratchet Bomb are pretty sweet, especially when there's a token deck around (read: always).
Quote from 3drinksI just wanted to add on this, Ratchet Bomb is so good with Glissa. And when you crack it, you always get it right back anyway if they had a critter at that cmc too. It's a very powerful interaction, to be sure.
Quote from DirkGentlycorpse dance is a fav but I'm not sure it fits. it's good with fleshbag marauder and replica (ok, I won't mince words, it's awesome with fleshbag) but the rest don't really work that well with it. but...
Quote from DirkGentlyso you'd really need a sac outlet to reliably recycle him.
Quote from DirkGentlyquestion is, powder keg, ratchet bomb, or engineered explosives?